Belgium – England : Preview & Prediction
Saturday, Belgium and England will try to console themselves during the match for the third place of the 2018 World Cup. Respectively eliminated by the Team of France (1-0) then by that of Croatia (2- 1 .AP), the two selections will probably want to finish this Russian World Cup on a good note, at least on the Red Devils side. While England has already experienced the intoxication of a World Championship title (1966), the Belgians have never been on the podium, finishing at best fourth in the Mexican edition of 1986. The motivation could so be bigger side Belgian. If we add that Eden Hazard and company have had an additional 24 hours of rest, and that they may have digested a little more their elimination than the English, defeated after leading, we get a slightly favorable context for success of the Red Devils. So, will Belgium be able to achieve the best performance of its history in the World Cup football?
Belgium has won 7 of its last 8 games, falling only against a realistic France in the semifinals of the World Cup (1-0).
A series in which the Red Devils also beat England in the group stage of the World Cup (1-0).
Roberto Martinez’s men had an extra 24 hours of rest compared to the English. And played 60 minutes less on the tournament.
Belgium seems superior to the English in a few positions. Courtois, for example, seems superior to Pickford, while Lukaku does not have much to envy Kane.
This World Cup match seems to be the last of a generation gilded Belgian side. Kompany, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Alderweireld, Dembele, Chadli, Fellaini, Witsel, Mertens will all be over 32 in 2022. Guaranteed motivation to shine.
In this small final of the 2018 World Cup, Belgium could well chain a second consecutive success against the English. Gareth Southgate’s men seem less expensive than their counterparts, and probably less talented on all positions. Belgium has shown some great things during this World Cup in Russia, so it would be surprising to see Martinez’s men unleashing what would be the best performance of their history on the St. Petersburg lawn. The odds are pretty good, so our World Cup experts are turning to the success of the Red Devils!
Belgium – England : Betting Tips
Belgium – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70